At this time of year, that feeling of being overwhelmed by things can really start to make you feel a bit panicky. There’s a variety of factors at play: it’s darker and colder, the days are shorter, our clothing (and therefore the items hanging on the hallway pegs) is bulkier - and we’re spending more time indoors. Plus we’ve just had a festive season which has undoubtedly seen a great many new objects taking up residence in our homes. If only we could find somewhere to put them …

Having too much stuff has been linked to increased stress and anxiety levels. It’s also thought it can sap your energy and hold you back emotionally; whether because you’re clinging to the past (not always healthy!) or because you’re holding on to an imaginary future, which can contribute to feelings of inadequacy about your current situation. So, simplifying your living space may not only help to make you feel physically less crowded; it could contribute to your emotional well-being, too. Like the sound of it but don’t know where to start? Here’s how:

1. Goodbye, Buying

Stop buying things. Simple! Challenge yourself to a spend-free month; obviously this won’t extend to consumable things like food, gas and utilities, but commit to not buying any items intended for multiple uses.

1. Goodbye, Buying

2. What’s The Value?

Make a list of your last five non-consumable purchases. Did they add value to your life? You’re a keen runner and bought new running shoes - no problem. You’re thinking you might take up running some time soon, so you’ve bought shoes, kit and a Garmin to ‘motivate’ you - not ideal.

2. What’s The Value?